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nourishment

[nur-ish-muh nt, nuhr-]
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noun
  1. something that nourishes; food, nutriment, or sustenance.
  2. the act of nourishing.
  3. the state of being nourished.
  4. a process, system, method, etc., of providing or administering nourishment: a treatise on the nourishment of international trade.
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Origin of nourishment

1375–1425; late Middle English norysshement < Middle French norissement. See nourish, -ment
Related formsnon·nour·ish·ment, nouno·ver·nour·ish·ment, nounre·nour·ish·ment, nounself-nour·ish·ment, noun
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Historical Examples

  • It must have some source of self-nourishment, for it can derive little from the sand whereon it rests.

    If I May

    A. A. Milne


British Dictionary definitions for self-nourishment

nourishment

noun
  1. the act or state of nourishing
  2. a substance that nourishes; food; nutriment
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Word Origin and History for self-nourishment

nourishment

n.

early 15c., "food, sustenance," from Old French norissement "food, nourishment," from norrir (see nourish). From c.1300 as "fostering."

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self-nourishment in Medicine

nourishment

(nûrĭsh-mənt)
n.
  1. Something that nourishes; food.
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